Don't-Miss iPhone Stories

Melatonin for iPhone

This alarm clock app looks to help you wake up gradually, and it's driven by a number of good ideas. Unfortunately, Melatonin's promising features don't outweigh its hassles.

Rafter for iPhone

Rafter by Emantras is a beautifully drawn physics-based puzzle game inspired by Da Vinci. The point of the game is to strike a red mine. To get there, you'll need to draw circular or rectangular shapes that bounce through the maze-like levels. Rafter may sound easy, but the increasingly difficult 31 levels are a constant trial of geometry, physics, and sketching ability.

Billings Touch for iPhone

Whether on its own or in tandem with Marketcircle's desktop Billings app, this mobile time tracker and invoicing application has no parallel on the iPhone or iPod touch.

Picfree for iPhone

This app, which lets you send picture messages to friends, is very easy to use and can really save you some money on texting fees. It offers iPod touch and original iPhone users a way to mimic the MMS capabilities of other mobile devices.

Zepi for iPhone

Zepi is a "match-three" puzzle game from OstinGames. It's a ridiculously easy game to play once you figure out how, but the tutorial is remarkably difficult to understand.

Jasuto Modular Synthesizer for iPhone

While not for the faint of heart, this powerful modular synthesis toolbox should appeal to synth pros.

OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Mini

The Elite-AL Pro Mini portable hard drive offers versatile connection options and produced some impressive times for a portable drive with its copy and duplication tests.

iPhone quiz apps

We look at three of the many quiz applications offered in the App Store and find that Moron Test and the latest edition of Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader both make the grade.

TaskPaper for iPhone

This free-form task-management app inherits many features of its Mac counterpart, along with a few iPhone tweaks. While it doesn't provide the kind of advanced scheduling and task-management features you'll find in some other apps, for many types of lists, as well as for creating outlines and taking notes, there's a lot to like.

Street Fighter IV for iPhone

Street Fighter fans are rejoicing everywhere, because Capcom's Street Fighter IV has finally made its way onto the iPhone. While not a pitch-perfect port of the popular console fighter, Street Fighter IV for the iPhone captures the spirit of the intense one-on-one battles that distinguish the series.

Pocket Chef for iPhone

Developed by Gameloft, Pocket Chef is a cooking simulation game for the iPhone designed for the cooking-impaired.

Motorola Devour

There's a lot to like about the Devour smartphone, especially its social networking features, intuitive user interface, and sturdy design, but it also has some shortcomings.

Power Cam for iPhone

Power Cam is one of many apps trying to make your picture-taking a bit easier, and while the $1 offering does add some interesting features, it doesn't measure up to similar photography apps.

Are You Alright? for iPhone

Are You Alright? is a medical-themed time-management game. Unfortunately, bugs and long load times distract from an otherwise enjoyable experience.

Shazam Encore for iPhone

This paid version of the music-identification app delivers a number of features -- chiefly unlimited tagging of songs. It's a solid app, but unless you find yourself using it a lot or find the other features particularly appealing, the free version of Shazam will probably meet your needs.